The Biz Buzz

Get the most up-to-date news, insights and analysis of Tacoma, Pierce County and South Puget Sound business.

NOTICE: The Biz Buzz has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved The Biz Buzz.
Visit the new section.

Unemployment rate in Pierce and Thurston counties down in January, state says

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on March 12, 2013 at 10:43 am |
March 12, 2013 10:48 am

The unemployment rate in Pierce County fell to 9.4 percent in January, down from 9.7 percent in January 2012 and well below the 10.7 percent recorded in January 2011, the state Employment Security Department reported Tuesday.

On a percentage basis, the unemployment rate in the county fell 3.1 percent in January from the year before.

Fully 268,700 workers were employed in January in Pierce County,the department reported. This is up from 262,300 people employed in January last year.

Thurston County likewise showed a decline in the unemployment rate, with January’s 8.4 percent down from 8.5 percent a year before. With 97,500 workers employed last month, the number of persons employed rose by 1,100 workers from the 96,400 noted in January 2012.

The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for Report violators to